Step I – Maquette: Individually we explored how 3D modeling and spot lighting can help create 2D work. To do so we were instructed to chose a story or memory from childhood to base our maquette off of. For my project I chose to construct as model of Allan Garden’s, a green house that I would always visit back home in Toronto. Some of my earliest memories are there, because my mom would always take me and my older sister to see all sorts of plants. I would always be in awe of how beautiful the building was. Later on in life, my high school was also located across the street from Allan Garden’s, and my friends and I would often go during our lunch break. It is truly on of my favorite places in the world.
Step II – Sketches: Once the maquette was complete, we were instructed to light the structure as well as identify and sketch five different compositions from varying points of view to further explore the principle of perspective.
Step III – Photographs: Next, based off of those sketches we had to photograph the maquette. Thus producing 5 different images with different horizon lines.
Step IV – Full Tonal Drawing: Lastly, we had to choose one photograph to recreate as a full tonal drawing while still using the live maquette as a reference. This was completed on 8″x10″ sheet of bristol using graphite.
- Staring by identifying Allan Garden’s as my subject, I looked up images of the building to create a plan for it’s construction.
- Next I built the maquette, using foam core, an exacto knife, wire, hot glue and then placed succulent plants within it.
- After this step, I made the 5 sketches with different points of view, which I used as references to capture the 5 photographs.
- Lastly, choosing one of the photographs and still using the physical maquette as a guide, I produced a full tonal drawing on the scene.
SKETCHES, PHOTOGRAPHS AND FULL TONAL DRAWING
Point of View – I
Point of View- II
Point of View – III
Point of View – IV
Point of View – V
- I enjoyed making the physical maquette, as well as how the knowledge I gained from constructing it help me when producing the full tonal drawing.
- I managed to explore different points of view and render a full tonal drawing that does reference both the maquette and photograph.
- If I were to revisit this assignment I would look to explore a larger variety of perspectives when sketching and photographing the model, as well as really focus on linear perspective when first composing the full tonal drawing.